West View, Giant's Causeway (Co. Antrim)

Artist(s) : James Howard Burgess (Draughtsman)

The Giant's Causeway, seen from the west, with cliffs rising on the right-hand side and the Causeway descending into the sea on the left. In the near foreground, a man and a woman, with their backs to the viewer, are looking towards the columns.

Inscribed in Image

  • Signature – Drawn by J. H. Burgess. Pub[lishe]d by M. Ward, Belfast

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Marines, Nature
Geographical Location
  • Giant's Causeway - Named locality
  • Antrim - County
  • Ulster - Province
Keywords(s) Beaches, Cliffs, People, Rock formations, Seas
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 14.5 cm x 23 cm
Published / created 1853

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Illustrations of the North of Ireland
Note Drawn by James Howard Burgess.
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy p. 35
Source copy National Library of Ireland J 91411
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

THE Tourist visiting the GIANTS’ CAUSEWAY, can proceed from Belfast, either by the Mail-Coach road to Coleraine, or by one much more highly picturesque and beautiful, running close the edge of the sea, and in some places cut through immense masses of rock, which has lately been finished by CHARLES LANYON, Esq., the talented Surveyor of the County. Formerly they were compelled to put up at the village of Bushmills, but a most spacious and well conducted hotel, kept by Mr. McNall, lately erected just above the rugged foot path that leads to the Causeway, will be found more convenient and comfortable in every respect. One issuing forth to inspect this wonderful production of nature’s handiwork, you are immediately beset by a host of Guides, of all sizes and ages, with little specimen boxes of minerals, &c. all equally anxious to serve and generally obliging and attentive. The best way is to select one to act as conductor–though a very slight encouragement will ensure you a suite during your temporary visit. Leaving the hotel, and passing along a rugged and narrow foot-way, you in a few minutes walk, come in view of the coast, and the mind is at once struck with the grandeur of the scene. The imagination cannot have pictured anything like it, no written account has conveyed an idea of its wonders, nor has the artist been able to render you fully competent to anticipate its sublimity and beauty. Below to the left, you see the miniature bay of Port-Nabaw, and to the right, the two curious hill promontories of the Steucans, which separate Port-Nabaw from Port-Ganniay, at the extremity of which, to the right, is the Causeway, separating Port-Ganniay from Port-Noffer. Passing over a rugged road, which was formerly constructed along the foot of the hills, but is now nearly covered by broken columns, you reach the Giant’s Well, a spring of the purest water, close to the sea, and in a stone’s throw farther on, you are standing on the Causeway, elevated but a few yards above the level of the ocean. [p. 34] [Continued, see East View.]
West View, Giant's Causeway (Co. Antrim)